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Attorneys for Trump's former campaign chairman ask a judge to consider Manafort's age and health ahead of his sentencing next week.
The former national security adviser to President Donald Trump admitted to lying about his contacts with the Russians.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has recommended little or no incarceration for the former Trump national security adviser.
Jeffrey Zeigler will serve four to 10 years in prison for the April shooting outside his Michigan home.
"The day has come," Judge Steven O'Neill told the disgraced comedian. "Your time has come."
The disgraced comedian was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
Pennsylvania officials said it was the largest stockpile of child porn the state has ever seen.
The young Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to end his life got only a fraction of the maximum sentence.
The president has now granted commutations to nearly 1,200 federal prisoners.
In 2014, two 12-year-old girls were alleged to have stabbed a classmate to please an Internet based fictional villain called Slenderman. This week, a Wisconsin state appeals court ruled that these young girls will be tried as adults. Yes, you read that right. Tried as adults.
Some argue that race should not be used as a factor in sentencing, and the guidelines back up that point of view. They specifically
Local governments like San Francisco should focus on bringing to scale proven solutions that result in long-term success
Before we decide what the proper sentence is in a particular criminal case, we should be able to explain what purpose the punishment serves.
Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky's velvet glove sentence of 6 months, of which he'll serve only three months, to former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner after his rape conviction was no aberration. The case of Brian Banks, falsely convicted or rape, and who served five years, before exoneration, was quickly cited in contrast to that of Turner.
With a limited legislative calendar this year, time is running out for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act -- a bipartisan bill to reduce drug penalties that have contributed to an 800% increase in the federal prison population since 1980.
Criminal justice reform is one of the few legislative issues that could move forward in this highly partisan election year. But this long-awaited reform is in serious danger because of efforts by big corporations and their allies to include a "get-out-of-jail-free" card for white collar offenders.
The instances where staggered sentences have been used reveals that they are an exercise of judicial discretion usually reserved for wealthy defendants.
Not so long ago, the few groups working to achieve criminal justice reform were almost entirely traditional representatives of civil liberties or of prisoners' families. Conservative political groups were solidly in the "tough on crime" camp, and the only disagreement came on which of them most merited that label. Times have changed.